I recently went away on a girls weekend to Lake Chelan, WA and had a great time exploring the area! Chelan is on the other side of the Cascades Mountains which means it’s generally warm and sunny there, even when Seattle is cool, gray, and rainy. Jess, Caroline, and I usually do a few tent camping and hiking weekends in state or national parks, but with the baby due so soon we figured we’d mix it up this year.
We stayed at the waterfront Campbell’s Resort, where every room has water views of the lake and surrounding hills. It’s a historic resort that’s been there for around 100 years, and they recently completed a $3 million renovation leaving the insides plush and the outside lush. The room even had a fridge, microwave, toaster, plates, etc. so you could make your own meals or opt to go out in their on-site cafe or walk to one of the many nearby options. Campbell’s was very pretty and super comfortable! Each morning we’d open our blinds and sliding door, sit on our patio or walk right down to the chairs on the water’s edge and enjoy the sun and views. We enjoyed their multiple sandy beaches, boat docks, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
Campbell’s Lake Chelan Waterfront Resort
104 W Woodin Ave, Chelan WA 98816
Phone: 800-553-8225 or 509-682-2561
During our weekend away we also explored the area’s wine country and Chelan’s quint but thriving downtown.
The Chelan Saturday Farmer’s Market was just across the street from Campbell’s at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The cherries there were the best I’ve tasted all season and by far the most affordable too! Local cherries are probably one of my favorite things about summer in the northwest!
We spent some quality time lounging at Benson’s for perhaps the vineyard with the best estate and views, not to mention mighty tasty wines. (Jess and Caroline did tastings while I just tried sips).
Benson Vineyards Estate Winery
At Benson Vineyards, you’ll experience the thrill of a Tuscan villa and the down to earth attitude of a hard working family. Take a seat on the deck and feel like you own the lake or carry a cheese plate down to the lawn for a luxurious snack. Bring your camera as the outdoor space is as perfect as the indoor space and every nook is photogenic. For residents and visitors alike, Benson Vineyards makes everyone feel like they’re on vacation. Family-run and operated, the Bensons work the 28-acre of vineyard, crush their grapes and make all of the winery’s 100% estate grown wine. Find them in the tasting room pouring Curiosity, a floral white blend, or catch one of their wine release parties and taste an immediate collectible.
For a hip winery with a colorful story and delicious offerings, we visited and did a tasting at the Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards too!
Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards
300 Ivan Morse Rd., Manson, WA
Spot the red nautical flag and head up the road for an afternoon of delight at Hard Row to Hoe. It’s a lively and intimate tasting room and one look around should clue you to the theme. Once you hear the story behind their name, you’ll get a sense that for a good time, go to Hard Row to Hoe. Even the wallpaper inspires fun. Whether you are inclined toward a dry rosé, a velvety red or a squeal-inducing ice cider, you can find a bit of each. Judy Phelps can sling her wine thief with the best of them and is in constant creative motion. Don Phelps can be found pouring in the tasting room, working the vineyard and transporting grapes during harvest – often simultaneously.
For natural groceries and freshly made crepes from local ingredients, visit the Bear Foods Natural Foods Market & Cafe Creperie! We did a delicious lunch there with gluten free crepes and all three of us left delighted!
Bear Foods Natural Foods Market & Cafe Creperie
125 E. Woodin Avenue, Chelan WA
For a casual and terrific dinner, we had calzones in downtown. Being pregnant has somehow given me a temporary reprieve on my gluten allergy and it’s been fun eating the treats I don’t normally get!
Local Myth Pizza
122 S. Emerson St. Chelan, WA 98816
We were pretty wiped out from a day in the heat, farmers market, swimming in the sun, wine tours, and good eats, but we still managed to make it out for some live music at the local wine bar/coffee shop where the crowd was a mix of energetic locals and visitors, with some bachelorette parties thrown in for fun. The band was playing their hearts out and the dance floor was packed with people doing swing and the jitterbug. Good times!
The Vogue… a liquid lounge
117 Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816
Sunday was a wonderful day spent focused on lots of local fruit, fruit, fruit! We visited a multiple fruit stands, went to the Anjou Bakery for pastries with local fruits, and even went cherry picking! So much happy making!